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Mommy Instincts: Personal Post | Front Royal, Va Children Photographer

It took three years. Three years of doctor appointments, being told it was allergies, a stuffy nose. My claws came out and I finally complained. I demanded a referral. I had an audio recording of Jack going up to 30 seconds without breathing while he slept. He never knew how to blow his nose. It was because he physically couldn’t.  My mommy instincts told me that he needed surgery at the age of three. Unfortunately I didn’t find my “roar” until more recently.

Our visit to the ENT went perfectly. He agreed with me. Finally. Jack had apnea due to obstruction and surgery was scheduled for the same month.

We had Jack pumped up with the reminder that his big brother had the same surgery two years prior. This is almost a rite of passage in our family. At the age of 5 one must have his adenoids and tonsils removed (Lane, you have 2.5 years, bud).;)

The nurses and doctors were so kind. The surgery was done in less than 30 minutes. Jack came back into the room breathing through his nose for the first time. He was severely agitated when he returned, which we would soon find out his overreaction was due to his spectrum disorder (another mommy instinct). Soon enough he had calmed down, eaten some popsicles, laced his shoes, and we were on our way home!

Advocate for your children. They need us to be their voice while they are still learning.

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Matt and Heather: Engaged | Winchester, Virginia Engagement Photographer

Heather and I go way back. Way WAY back. She was the one I rested my head upon as I received my epidural during the birth of my first child, just four weeks after the birth of her first child. We have watched each other grow as mothers and into women. We have witnessed heartache, love, marriage, divorce, more births, more love. When Heather and Matt got together I could tell there was a special sparkle in her eye that was never there before. She found her love. It was a beautiful thing to see. Together they make a beautiful couple and together have a beautiful family.

For their engagement photos we decided to take advantage of all that Downtown Winchester has to offer in the fall. It was a beautiful crisp day. I will be sharing their wedding photos soon!

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Rob and Kelly: Married | Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer

It is such a blessing to witness the combining of two lives, two souls, two beings that ultimately become one. Rob and Kelly are perfect for each other. They are refreshing to be around, they are funny, they are family.

Rob didn’t miss a beat when it came to pampering his princess for their special day. It was a gorgeous day at Cabell’s Mill, watching two families become one.

I wish the best of all life has to offer for these two.

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

May God be with you and bless you;
May you see your children’s children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.

May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.

-Traditional Irish Blessing

 

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For wedding information and pricing contact heather@littlebirdiephoto.com

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The Birth of Camden Ryan | Northern Virginia Birth Photographer

Camden’s birth was pretty common for what you expect out of a first child. Hurry up and wait. We met at the hospital and after hours and hours of Sammi contracting but not making much progress, they decided to go ahead with the epidural. I took that as a time for myself to exit the room and allow the laboring mother to get some rest. I joined the family in the waiting room and was soon met with a frantic call from Sammi’s mother telling me to get back to the room asap. I rushed back not knowing what to expect. While I was out of the room Camden’s heart rate started to drop and they decided an emergency c-section was imminent.

Camden came into the world at 10:58 p.m. weighing 8 lbs 5.7 oz. He is part of one of the most loving and supportive families I’ve ever known.

This was the first time I had photographed a c-section and I learned something very valuable. The hours after the birth, where the family gets to see the baby, where he is bathed and weighed, the first instances of life, Mom is in recovery. She misses these moments. To have this documented is so amazing. It is giving her a chance to witness what happened without being present. If you are even planning a scheduled c-section it may be a good idea to still invest in birth photography for this alone.

Camden’s story doesn’t end here. It is only beginning. I will have more soon.:)

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